Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1335 - Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management

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May 19, 2015 2:55 PM

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Beyer (VA)

#7

Prevents the Fishery Management Councils from applying the rebuilding exceptions or using multi-year or multi-species annual catch limits for fish stocks that are vulnerable to climate change.

Dingell (MI)

#9

Eliminates the requirement to fast-track analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Farr (CA)

#4

Allows the use of vessel information under Executive Order 13547 to aid in restoring fisheries habitat at the Secretary's discretion.

Graves, Garret (LA)

#10

Confers management of snapper fisheries to Gulf of Mexico states similar to the management of Atlantic Striped Bass to Atlantic states. Seeks to improve the science of snapper fisheries monitoring.

Guinta (NH)

#17

LATE Directs each Regional Fishery Management Council to establish a fishery investment committee to: (1) develop a regional fishery investment plan identifying research, conservation, management needs, and actions to rebuild and maintain healthy fish populations and sustainable fisheries; and (2) make recommendations to the Council on grant applications and projects to implement the respective plans.

Herrera-Beutler (WA)

#1

REVISED ExtendS the existing cooperative fishery management regime between federal, state, and tribal fishery managers for West Coast Dungeness crab.

Huffman (CA)

#5

SUBSTITUTE Reauthorizes the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and improves fisheries management and data collection.

Jones (NC)

#6

Restores the ability of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the local fishermen and citizens who serve on it to fairly and equitably allocate the harvest of fish in that region.

Keating (MA), Lynch (MA), Moulton (MA)

#14

LATE Amends Section 10 (3) Use of Asset Forfeiture Fund for Fishery Independent Data Collection to include fishery research and independent stock assessments, conservation gear engineering, at-sea and shoreside monitoring, fishery impact statements, and other priorities established by the Council as necessary to rebuild or maintain sustainable fisheries, ensure healthy ecosystems, and maintain fishing communities.

Keating (MA), Lynch (MA), Moulton (MA)

#15

LATE Authorizes the Secretary to use discretion in providing funding to maintain levels of at-sea monitoring consistent with fishery management plans. Requires the Secretary to conduct a review of monitoring levels in New England and report the findings to Congress within 60 days.

Keating (MA), Lynch (MA), Moulton (MA)

#16

LATE Expresses the Sense of Congress that the importance of safety-at-sea trainings and shoreside support services should be recognized and prioritized as critical tools for protecting the viability of fishing communities.

Lowenthal (CA)

#8

Allows the National Ocean Council, operating under Executive Order 13547, to develop a process for decommissioning oil and gas rigs that eliminates harm to the red snapper stock and improves habitat.

Sablan (MP)

#2

Allows for the participation of the U.S. territories in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention in managing highly migratory species that frequent the exclusive economic zone adjoining such territories.

Sablan (MP)

#3

REVISED Allows for certain fishing fees to go directly to the participating U.S. territory to support projects that foster and promote the development in the fishing economy of that U.S. territory.

Takai (HI)

#11

Specifies Hawaii and Pacific Insular Areas as eligible for Catastrophic Regional Fishery Disaster assistance.

Wittman (VA)

#13

LATE Gives NOAA the authority to use alternative fishery management measures.

Young, Don (AK)

#12

Provides for additional information for stock assessments, the use of students to collect marine recreational fishing data and clarifies information for Council reviews.